Trump is Trump. There is nothing new to say about the man. But there is still much to learn about its supporters. Many, from GOP office bearers to hosts of Fox News, are helping to undermine democracy by denying elections and attacking reality. So many people are complicated.
People like Maria Bartiromo. Formerly an acclaimed journalist, known worldwide for making CEOs, he tells the truth, now he teases Trump for lying after lie. Her Sunday morning call with Trump on Fox News was her first “interview” since she lost the election, but it was not an actual interview at all. He was not prepared to accept that he lost, nor was he. He showed Illusion weakness
. She was scared. And he is only one away.
Ron Brownstein on CNN Sunday Night: As Trump’s conspiracy theory about the “rigged” election gets more and more imaginative and far-reaching, accusing the DOJ, FBI and Republican governors, Republicans’ silence in Congress – special Mitch McConnell, in particular, Kevin McCarthy, who is allowing this poison to spread to the American political system – a modern analogue to the silence of Republican congressional leaders during Joe McCarthy’s rudeness in the early 1950s Kind sees more and more. I think there will be history. There is no trouble in finding an analogy between Mitch McConnell’s attempts to look the other way and Joseph Welch at length said, “Don’t you have any decency?”
Trumps are backsliding
He lost the election nearly four weeks ago, yet he refused to accept it. Looking at his tweet, he is speaking even deeper in denial. The Bartiromo interview was a sign that he is ready to fight in public – a disturbing display of weakness which some people interpret as strength. His thanksgiving evening with reporters Q&A was another sign of the same thing. After holding a meeting with members of the army, he posed questions for the first time in three weeks “Longest gap”
Under his chairmanship – mostly by defending and cheating. When he walked out, a reporter asked “Is this the language of a dictator?” And another said, “Mr. President, some people say that you are denying reality.”
On Sunday, “reliable sources,” Jonathan Rauch puts Trump’s recent statements in the context of the information war. Trump is running a “classic Russian-style disasafo campaign” known as the “Firehose of Lies”, which is when you “see many different stories and conspiracy theories and lies and half-truths Push as you possibly can, ”said Rauch. “The goal here is to confuse people, and they are doing very well at that. It’s a classic promotional strategy.”
>> Craig Majin, creator of HBO’s “Chernobyl,” Reacted
Repeating one of the most memorable lines from her series with Rauch from my section: “The real danger is that if we hear enough lies, we no longer recognize the truth at all.”
Murdoch owns it
Trumpism is a big part of Fox’s business model. The men who control Fox, Rupert, and LaChalan Murdoch were apparently very happy with Bartromo’s promotion, proud of his Trump smoothness, that he revolted at 3 pm at 10 pm ET.
Just after 4 pm, news anchor Eric Schön factually demolishes what Trump and Bartiromo had just produced. (No wonder why Trump attacks Fox’s weekend news anchors.) Shaun said
Trump “doubled down on his claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election, even as local and national election officials in many states as well as federal and state courts – and in some cases the Trump campaign’s own attorney – have said There is no evidence to prove it. “He said,” Experts say that such claims are simply unsupported lies that are not supported by any facts. “
It is clear, unambiguous language. Then why did Fox air all of Trump’s claims for no real-time followup? A Fox spokesperson did not respond to my inquiries.
Trump said that Hannity ‘gets it, but …’
While calling with Bartiromo on Sunday morning, Trump praised Mark Levine’s show “Last Night,” even though Saturday’s broadcast was a repeat of Levine’s six-day-old episode of the show. He also said “Sean hanity, he knows, he gets it. He gets it.” what do you mean? Hannity believes Trump won the election? On Sunday night, Hannity posted a tweet stating that the media “helped drive Trump from office,” which was notable primarily for his admission that Trump’s presidency has ended. To understand some anger on the far side, Take a look at the response to Hannity’s tweet.
>> A few days ago I quoted a longtime on-air staff at Fox as saying “our audience has been absolutely radicalized,” and that’s it. the audience. Bartiromo’s Sunday Morning Show has a much larger audience later in the day than the Fox Newscast.
Oliver Darcy writes: “Maria Bartiromo has been portrayed in the past as a member of Fox’s ‘Straight News’ division – a branch of Fox who serves as the face of Brett Baird and Chris Wallace. So it’s worth asking: Where are they? Are? Are they okay with them? Coworkers seeing the flames of these controversial conspiracy theories? Do they think the deranged behavior reflects them well? “
>> Darcy’s other questions: “Is Trump ‘coming out of his shell to speak? Will he say hanity and’ Fox and Friends’ in the coming days?”
Irony is rich
Oliver Darcy says: “If you’ve watched Fox News in the past week, you have no doubt seen a segment or two of assistant journalists lobbying ‘softball’ questions in Biden. These segments are dominated by Fox’s discussions. . Astonishing double standards and a heap of hypocrisy. Next time Fox asks journalists to attack the questions they ask of Biden or members of his upcoming administration… “